2016 News Coverage
Friedman & Nemecek, L.L.C. Attorneys at Law
Ohio Troopers Add Anti-Drug Effort to Traffic Safety Mission
December 31, 2016
The Ohio State Highway Patrol has implemented a new plan to crack down on drugs and says this effort has led to a record number of seizures of illegal substances. However, Attorney Ian Friedman believes the agency is using baseless stops to search vehicles.
Fatal Shooting on Cleveland's West Side Connected to Robbery Attempt, Records Say
December 27, 2016
"(Through) no fault of his own, my client was put in what any person would perceive as a life-threatening situation," Friedman said.
Use of Familial DNA Raises Privacy Concerns
December 7, 2016
Ian Friedman said familial DNA testing is a backdoor method allowing government to ascertain the most private information about an innocent person without their consent.
Teen Accused of Murder Garners World Attention
December 4, 2016
“People feel an emotional draw to the case because a father shot by a 14-year-old daughter is not something you hear about every day,” Attorney Ian Friedman said. “Issues of abuse in the home and domestic violence are issues that are prevalent, but it doesn’t surface like this often.”
This 15-Year-Old Ohio Teen Accused of Killing Her Father Will Not Face
a Life Sentence
December 2, 2016
“This is a monumental decision,” Attorney Friedman said. “This is what we had hoped for since day one.”
Cuyahoga County's Top Judge Demands County Jail Provide Lawyers with Timely
Access to Clients
Dec 2, 2016
Cleveland.com turned to Attorney Friedman for comment on one top judge's threat to Cuyahoga County jail over complaints that defense counselors regularly do not have access to their detained clients.
15-Year-Old Accused Of Killing Allegedly Abusive Father Won’t Face
December 1, 2016
Attorney Friedman's 15-year-old client Bresha Meadows will not face murder charges as an adult, but instead as a minor in juvenile court. The decision comes after months of speculation and advocate efforts surrounding Meadows' internationally known case.
Bresha Meadows, 15, to Be Charged as a Juvenile in Dad's Slaying, Prosecutor Says
December 1, 2016
The Trumbull County prosecutor’s office announced that Attorney Friedman’s client, 15-year-old Bresha Meadows, will be tried as a juvenile for her father’s slaying.
Lake County Residents Part of Federal Investigation Into Illegal Phone
Charges, Money Laundering
September 9, 2016
Attorney Friedman spoke to the press to defend his client, who has been named by federal prosecutors in connection with an expansive, two-year DEA investigation that alleges phone service fraud here in Ohio.
Hero or Murderer? 15-Year-Old Bresha Meadows Faces Life in Prison for Killing
August 31, 2016
Democracy Now interviews Attorney Ian Friedman about the murder charge brought against his client, a 15-year-old girl who killed her father in self-defense.
Dissecting Second Trial of Colleen McKernan as Defense Continues Making its Case
August 28, 2016
Attorney Ian Friedman spoke with The Repository about the retrial of Colleen McKernan, who is facing 15 years to life in prison for shooting her husband in self-defense on New Year's Eve 2014.
Utilizing the Safety Valve as a Safe Haven in Federal Drug Conspiracy Prosecutions
Vol. 2 No. 8
In a new piece for Attorney at Law Magazine, Attorney Eric Nemecek examines possible “safety valve” strategies for avoiding mandatory minimum sentences in federal drug conspiracy cases.
Teen Girl Accused Of Killing Abusive Father Flooded With Letters Of Support
August 8, 2016
Attorney Ian Friedman spoke to The Huffington Post about the outpouring of support his young client Bresha Meadows has received from the public.
Ohio Girl, 14, Killed Dad as He Slept to Stop Abuse
August 5, 2016
"This was a classic situation of a battered woman as it relates to mom,” said Cleveland attorney Ian Friedman. “The girl and her siblings witnessed this every day. It reached a point where it’s self-defense and defense of others.
14-Year-Old Girl Accused Of Killing Her Allegedly Abusive Father
August 8, 2016
Additional coverage on Attorney Ian Friedman's Bresha Meadows case from the Huffington Post "Black Voices" series.
Ohio Girl Charged with Murdering Her Father Shot Him to Protect Family
From His Abuse, Mother Says
August 5, 2016
More national coverage on Attorney Ian Friedman's case of Bresha Meadows, the 14-year-old Warren girl accused of killing her father.
Mother of 14-Year-Old Girl Accused of Fatally Shooting Her Father in the
Head Praises Girl for 'Saving the Family' From Abusive Drunk
August 5, 2016
Attorney Ian Friedman's case of Bresha Meadows gains international attention. Bresha, 14, is facing aggravated murder charges after shooting and killing her father, who spent years abusing Bresha and her mother.
14-Year-Old Accused of Killing Father, Family Says Girl is a 'Hero Who
Saved Them All'
August 4, 2016
Attorney Ian Friedman is representing 14-year-old Bresha Meadows, who is facing aggravated murder charges for killing her abusive father, but close relatives say she was trying to protect her family. Bresha and her mother had suffered years of relentless abuse at the hands of her father.
Bedford Municipal Court Planning Bail Reform: Impact 2016: Justice for All
July 29, 2016
Cleveland.com turned to Attorney Friedman for comment on Bedford Municipal Court's proposed bail reform. The court plans to reduce the number of non-refundable bond payments in favor of a 10% option that will allow some defendants to recover their money.
Loophole in Georgia Privacy Law Leaves Questions About "Upskirting" in Public
July 27, 2016
Following a controversial privacy ruling in Georgia, reporters turned to Attorney Friedman to learn whether or not public "upskirt" photos could become legal in Ohio. Attorney Friedman analyzed Ohio's voyeurism statute and found it unlikely that any kind of invasive photo taken in public would be considered legal.
'Your Honor, We Next Call to the Stand in Taiwan...': Videoconferencing
& the Confrontation Clause
Vol. 2 No. 7
Attorney Ian Friedman and law clerk Thomas Moran explain the affects that video conferencing and other technological advancements have on a defendant’s right to confront their accusers under the Sixth Amendment.
The Castle Doctrine & Jury Instructions: It’s Not Just For Intruders Anymore
Vol. 2 No. 6
Attorney Eric Long explains the elements of "self-defense" and how the Castle Doctrine impacts the jury instructions.
Miranda: A Historical Perspective
Vol. 2 No. 5
It was the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court's ruling in Miranda v. Arizona in June 2016. Attorney Eric Nemecek discusses the history of the case and where we are today.
New Law School Grads Face Challenging Questions
June 20, 2016
“I think that the prospects for a lawyer in Cleveland are fair to excellent, depending upon what area they choose to get involved in,” said Ian Friedman of Friedman & Nemecek in Cleveland.
One-Armed Defense Attorney Nabs Serial Burglar Attempting to Burglarize
June 20, 2016
Attorney Ian Friedman and receptionist Danielle Lucas spoke to Cleveland.com about their unexpected encounter with a prolific Cleveland burglar. After a scuffle in our firm offices, Attorney Friedman as able to identify the man, leading to his arrest.
Lawyer is Suspended for Accessing and Deleting Some Law Firm Emails After Firing
June 16, 2016
Attorney Friedman went to the Ohio Supreme Court to defend an embattled lawyer facing possible disbarment for sending inappropriate emails to a former employer. Instead, the court found a one-year suspension more appropriate.
Stanford Sexual Assault Case Sentence Draws Varied Opinions in Cleveland
June 16, 2016
Cleveland Jewish News turned to several prominent Cleveland legal figures for their take on the controversial Stanford rape case ruling. Attorney Ian Friedman shared his surprise on the light sentence, while also elaborating what the current penalties could mean for the convicted.
Solon Businessman Fined $250,000 for Lying to FBI About Bribing City of
June 14, 2016
Attorney Ian Friedman secured mere probation and fines for a client facing serious federal charges. Ashwani "Eddie" Adya faced bribery, fraud, and making false statements to the FBI charges. After a carefully constructed plea deal, however, and Ian Friedman's appeal to a federal judge, Adya will only face minimal penalties and zero jail time.
Cuyahoga County Law Director, Top Lawyers Lay Out Bail System Inequities:
Impact 2016: Justice For All
May 22, 2016
The Anti-Defamation League met with several prominent Cleveland legal figures, including Attorney Ian Friedman, about improving the local criminal justice system for minority communities and the poor. Attorney Friedman championed bail reform and the protection of rights of the accused, as well as recognized the political challenges of making meaningful changes to court policy.
MISTRIAL: McKernan Back in Court Tuesday After Jury Fails to Reach Verdict
in Murder Trial
April 29, 2016
Attorney Ian Friedman will resume work defending Colleen McKernan following a mistrial determination by the judge her first trial last week. The jury in that first trial reached a deadlock and McKernan will receive a new trial.
Suspect in Parma Home Invasion Pleads Not Guilty
April 27, 2016
Attorney Eric Nemecek appeared with client William H. Mareda in court this week to enter a not-guilty plea. Mareda stands accused of robbery, kidnapping, and other charges allegedly connected to a Parma home invasion. A trial has been scheduled for May.
Coroner: Robert McKernan Shot 10 Times
April 20, 2016
Attorney Ian Friedman asserted self-defense as the reason his client, Colleen McKernan, shot and killed her husband Rob in 2014 and that none of the state's body of physical evidence proved otherwise.
Youth Minister Pleads Not Guilty to Sexual Contact with Underage Girl
April 19, 2016
Attorney Nemecek entered a not guilty plea on behalf of Brian Mitchell, a former church youth director who stands accused of 10 counts of sexual battery stemming for an alleged 2015 relationship with an underage girl.
Rocky River Sisters Indicted, Charged in Cleveland-Area Club Drug Conspiracy
April 5, 2016
Attorney Friedman will defend Rinald Turhani, a Detroit-area trucking company owner, against federal drug trafficking charges. Turhani and three co-conspirators are accused of importing drugs from Canada and selling them in Cleveland, New York, and Michigan.
Court Docs: All Victims on Tumblr Nude Blog Page Are From Twinsburg High School
February 8, 2016
NewsNet5 turned to Attorney Friedman for insight on a Tumblr blog that was found to be depicting nude and inappropriate photos of 14 underage female students of Twinsburg High School.
Does 'Law & Order' Disturb Legal Order?
January 14, 2016
“’A Law and Order” episode show begins with the crime, and one hour later, ends with, 99 out of 100 times, a conviction,” Friedman said. That’s quite unlike real life.